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February 25th, 2011

Accused murderer ruled 'mentally ill'

February 25, 2011

An accused murderer will not stand trial at this time for bludgeoning a man to death after a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the defendant is mentally incompetent.

Judge Robert C. Ervin ruled during a Feb. 24 session of Superior Criminal Court that Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, is mentally ill and not capable of proceeding to trial for the death of Roland Simmons.

Council hears needs for town hall

February 25, 2011

Maiden Town Council moved one step closer in the planning process for a new town hall, hearing a presentation Feb. 21 about possible space needs for the building.

Marty Beal, with CBSA Architects, gave Town Council a space-needs analysis presentation detailing size needs for a new town hall and council chambers. Beal completed the analysis in January after meeting with town employees and hearing what council members envisioned for new town facilities.

February 24th

Ex-defense team takes key evidence

February 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The former defense team for a North Carolina woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter took key evidence from a crime scene before it was turned over to authorities searching for the girl's body, the suspect's former attorney said Thursday.

Dubs: Gaither made a deal

February 24, 2011

A former defense attorney for Elisa Baker says that a deal was struck to keep her client from facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter despite assertions from the district attorney that no bargain was made in exchange for Baker’s assistance in locating the remains of Zahra Baker.
Lisa Dubs spoke out Thursday regarding an agreement she contends she brokered with the District Attorney’s Office on Elisa’s behalf.

Iconic novel coming to LRU stage

February 24, 2011

"To Kill a Mockingbird."

The novel and its message of redemption are an iconic part of American history.

An area theater group is performing a stage production tonight of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality during a one-night presentation on Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus.

The play comes during the final days of Black History Month, and the "To Kill a Mockingbird" actors said they hope theater-goers leave the play with a better understanding of the horrors of racial inequality.

Creation Conference comes to city

February 24, 2011

Area school children love dinosaurs, and Thursday they had the opportunity to pair that love with a lesson in religion.

Creation Family Ministries is hosting a Dinosaurs and the Bible Conference on Biblical Creation at the Hickory Metro Convention Center to teach children about how dinosaurs fit into the Bible's account of how the world was created.

The three-day conference will continue through Saturday and aims to answer questions from believers and skeptics alike about dinosaurs and their interactions with mankind.

Fire destroys home, vehicle

February 24, 2011

The cause of a house fire remains undetermined Thursday after investigators sifted through the remains of a Newton mobile home destroyed in a late-night blaze.

Fire broke out Wednesday night in a double-wide manufactured home at 1870 April's Way off Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton. The home was a total loss, and two vehicles were damaged from exposure to flames and smoke.

February 23rd

Area pastors bring film to Hickory

February 23, 2011

When the Revs. Ann and Frank Aichinger saw "The Grace Card" movie, they knew it had to come to Hickory.

The problem was that the film, scheduled for release Feb. 25, was only available for screening in larger cities like Charlotte and Raleigh.

The Aichingers, who are co-pastors at New Vision Church in Conover, saw "The Grace Card" in November during a special pre-screening event. They learned that, although the film wasn't set to appear in Catawba County movie theaters, there was something they could do to change that.

Head-on crash sends 4 to hospital

February 23, 2011

Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after two vehicles collided head-on.

Shelly Lynn Rodgers, 36, of Sherrills Ford, was traveling near the 5700 block of East Bandys Crossroad about 1:20 p.m. when her Dodge Caravan crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a SUV traveling in the opposite direction, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Trooper R.G. Griffin said the Buick Enclave SUV was driven by Deanna McGuire, 40, of Catawba. McGuire's 62-year-old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, also of Catawba, was sitting in the passenger seat.

Group promotes learning

February 23, 2011

Area teachers know how important it is for children to have the supplies they need to excel in school.

Those educators are coming together to ensure children have those supplies, regardless of students' financial situation.

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators in Catawba County, collect school supplies, book bags and books to donate to every school in the county.

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